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Andal involved in Delta College civil grand jury investigation

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, June 19th, 2008 at 12:33 pm in 2008 November election, congressional district 11.

Congressional GOP candidate Dean Andal has gotten caught up in a story out of Tracy reported today by my Tri-Valley Herald colleague Mike Martinez.

According to Martinez’ story, the “San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and violated open government laws by discussing closed-session matters outside its meetings, charges a San Joaquin County civil grand jury report released Wednesday morning.” (Click here to read the grand jury report.)

The seven-page report found the board made decisions that have “caused serious problems” and that trustees were “ill-prepared” to handle the Measure L funds, a $250 million school bond approved by San Joaquin County voters in 2004.

Andal’s involvement came as a consultant to PCCP Mountain House, LLC, a group led by Sacramento developer Gerry Kamilos. The company was in discussions with San Joaquin Delta College to provide the college with $14 million for infrastructure as the landowner and the college developed their respective properties in Mountain House, a master-planned community near Tracy.

At a closed-session meeting held by the board on Feb. 9, 2006, Martinez wrote, “the college’s attorney and administrative team said a developer would be missing the deadline for delivery of letters of credit, resulting in a breach of contract. The board then discussed the possibility of returning to a deal.”

Martinez reports that the grand jury reported stated that the day after the “closed-session meeting (with Delta College board members), phone calls and a faxed letter indicated that one or more board members had relayed confidential information about the ‘breach of contract’ discussion to the developer and his consultant, Dean Andal, the Republican nominee for the 11th Congressional District seat in November.”

Andal was out of town and unavailable for comment, Martinez reported.

Andal is the Republican nominee in Congressional District 11 and will face incumbent Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in the Nov. 4 general election.

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  • http://ca.11-blogspot.com Brian Mundy

    Pesky ethics. Lisa, you will be the first with Andal’s response – right? Taxpayer funds wasted and open government standards violated. Oh my. Pass the popcorn.

  • Hilltopper

    Wow. Illegal communications of confidential information from elected government officials to an interested party. Why would a public official do that? Were they just “trying to help?” Someone should see whether Andal or Kamilos have close connections with the officials and see if they contributed to the officials’ campaigns.

    Also, did the board member(s) contribute to Andal’s?

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  • Renegade GOP

    If this is true Andal will fit in perfectly with the Congressional Republicans in DC. Too bad no republicans stepped up in the primary to run against him.

  • Hilltopper

    Lisa,

    Andal appears to be more than just a “consultant to PCCP Mountain House, LLC, a group led by Sacramento developer Gerry Kamilos.” According to a Stockton Register story of last year, “Andal earned at least $210,000 from Kamilos’ various businesses last year.”
    http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070517/A_NEWS/705170335/-1/A_news03

    Further, according to an SEC filing, he has been a “principal in Gerry N. Kamilos, LLC, a real estate investment concern, since 2005.” http://www.secinfo.com/dV35v.vbw.c.htm

    (I hope these links work so readers can look for themselves.)

    The grand jury is raking the Board over the coals for wasting millions of dollars with this Andal enterprise. It says that the Board’s consultants and staff recommended a different company, but the Board voted 4-3 to go with Andal’s firm. Then, just as the Board is looking to get out of that contract due to a breach by Andal’s firm, confidential information is passed illegally to Andal.

    This smells to high heaven.

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  • Danvilledan

    Mr. Andal wants to bring ethics reform to Washington. Maybe He should start in San Joaquin County.

  • 2gofly n

    Lisa,
    What about Delta and their plan to build the same type of satellite campus in Lodi? The GJ said “DONT PARTNER WITH PRIVATE DEVELOPERS ANYMORE” But they are, with Capital Avenue Development from West Sac.
    It smells even higher than that up here too!
    google “delta college lodi”